I have a bunch of old cassette tapes I want to convert to digital. The most convenient thing for me to use is this old digital voice recorder I have, (like these only older) which has an 1/8" mic input. Less convenient would be to use my computer’s soundcard since it’s a desktop and thus not portable, and I’d need to download additional software I believe. The voice recorder conveniently logs files which are then easily imported into my PC.
But when I tried to go from the RCA stereo out of the cassette deck (or actually from the preamp I believe) to the recorder’s mic input, it came out terribly distorted and wet. I’m guessing it has something to do with the way a mic signal is boosted by the device receiving it? Would the solution be then just to turn down the output level from the preamp? Am I completely off base?